After nearly thirty years as a Trustee at St Luke’s Community Centre, the Board, staff and friends from St Luke’s joined in a fond farewell to stalwart Joe Trotter at a gathering in the Club Room on Thursday 23rd September. Joe celebrated with friends and colleagues and toasted thirty years that have seen significant changes at the Centre and in the area.

Joe has always lived in south Islington, throughout childhood and raising a family of his own with wife Jean, who sadly died in 2020. Community has always been central to the lives of the Trotters, having held many public posts including Mayor and Mayoress of Islington and serving a long career at BP.

During his time at St Luke’s Joe has overseen many changes, in recent times as a result of the global pandemic. He’s looking forward to St Luke’s emerging again as a lifeline within the area, reaching out to local people and providing support and connection. Joe’s particularly proud of the Christmas Giving campaign and the difference that makes during the festive season.

Joe is a regular face at the Community Centre, visiting for lunch and helping at events including the St Luke’s Christmas parties, even dressing up as Father Christmas one year and distributing gifts! He got the chance to chat to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to the Centre in 2018, and remembers the buzz around the area for the Queen’s visit when St Luke’s was opened in 1982, although he wasn’t on the Board then.

So it’s with heartfelt thanks that everyone at St Luke’s wishes Joe well, and we look forward to seeing him around the Centre in the future.